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Old 11-05-2008, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default How Squishy Will 225/50R16 RS-2's be on Stock Wheels?

My current summer tires corded. I've been using the original 205/55R16 size in a Falken FK-452 on the stock 16x6.5" wheels. A friend of mine is offering me his 225/50R16 Hankook Ventus RS-2's for a deal. My concern is that the 225 is really too wide for that wheel. How much crispness, precision, and turn in sharpness would I lose by going with the over-wide tires compared to my 452s now?

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Old 11-05-2008, 11:54 PM   #2
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I have a set of 225/50r16 starspecs on my stock 04 wrx wheels now. They have been great but are a bit bouncy. Turn in and crispness is still great but I also have a nice suspension setup. Overall I have been very pleased with the way they have performed.
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:42 AM   #3
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You'll lose some steering response. Pretty difficult to quantify "how much."
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:51 PM   #4
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My current summer tires corded. I've been using the original 205/55R16 size in a Falken FK-452 on the stock 16x6.5" wheels. A friend of mine is offering me his 225/50R16 Hankook Ventus RS-2's for a deal. My concern is that the 225 is really too wide for that wheel. How much crispness, precision, and turn in sharpness would I lose by going with the over-wide tires compared to my 452s now?

Any other thoughts?
Considering that it's you posting this, I would like to hear the outcome.

Don't you also have a set of 17's?

I honestly can't stand it when I switch to my 16x7 195/55/16 gForce sports (can't wait till these tires are dead) but I seem to get a bump of 1-2mpg over my 17's sti bbs with 225's. Crappy braking, lower corner grip, mushy feel, and hardly any better comfort. Noisy cuz of the tires.

Anyways, back on subject... waiting to hear about other people's experiences.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:12 PM   #5
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I honestly can't stand it when I switch to my 16x7 195/55/16 gForce sports (can't wait till these tires are dead) but I seem to get a bump of 1-2mpg over my 17's sti bbs with 225's. Crappy braking, lower corner grip, mushy feel, and hardly any better comfort. Noisy cuz of the tires.
Hey, it's me! Still got the old tires on (btw, they are 205/55-16)? I thought you'd have replaced them already since you said they were VERY noisy. Those 00-01 RS wheels are 7" width, so it'd feel nicer w/ 225s. I have Falken Ziex ZE-912 in 225/50 on mine & they are great. That extra 0.5" makes a difference.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:29 PM   #6
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Considering that it's you posting this, I would like to hear the outcome.
Thanks, I think.

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No, two sets of stock 16x6.5's I'm considering a set of 17s for the future as I think I have taken the 16's as far as is physically possible. 17s are just so damned expensive though.
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:16 PM   #7
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Hey, it's me! Still got the old tires on (btw, they are 205/55-16)? I thought you'd have replaced them already since you said they were VERY noisy. Those 00-01 RS wheels are 7" width, so it'd feel nicer w/ 225s. I have Falken Ziex ZE-912 in 225/50 on mine & they are great. That extra 0.5" makes a difference.
Haha hey fendyman. When I put them back on, I "randomly" apparently got the noisiest tire on the rear instead... this made them more bearable. So for economic reasons, I'm daily driving with them. I'm also trying to entertainingly abuse them so they will die earlier (value being it was fun) so I can swap em out.

I like the wheels and don't regret the purchase at all, Fendy. I just wish you had some all season or M+S tires on it instead because I want these to be my "winter/tahoe/rallyx" wheels which goes against the summer tires that are currently on there.

180 handbrake turns are fun though.
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:17 PM   #8
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No, two sets of stock 16x6.5's I'm considering a set of 17s for the future as I think I have taken the 16's as far as is physically possible. 17s are just so damned expensive though.
Ever in California? I have a set of 17x7 Kosei K1 TS (13.x lbs each) that I no longer need.
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:18 PM   #9
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:22 PM   #10
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I'll pay for shipping
Last time I shipped a wheel it ended up $30+ PER WHEEL!!

If you can arrange cheaper shipping, then it's probably worth it.

3 are almost in brand new condition, 1 has some bad rash but in great shape (this was a parallel'd too close incident, not a collision)
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Old 11-06-2008, 02:28 PM   #11
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It was supposed to be a joke an "Well if you're giving them away, the least I can do is ship them out here" sort of thing.

There's no way I could afford to buy wheels at the OMG$$$ per wheel that 13.7lb wheels would cost.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:50 PM   #12
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I like the wheels and don't regret the purchase at all, Fendy. I just wish you had some all season or M+S tires on it instead because I want these to be my "winter/tahoe/rallyx" wheels which goes against the summer tires that are currently on there.
I'm helping a friend selling his 2008 Impreza 2.5i OEM steelies (w/ TPMS) w/ less than 100 miles OEM RE92A M+S tires. These steelies will clear 06-07 Subaru 4-pot brakes. Or you can mount the tires on the 00-01 RS wheels & sell the steelies (& the TPMS, too). PM me if you are interested.

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Lots of people have 225/50R16 on their stock 16x6.5" wheels... some love them & some hate them. If the RS-2s are still fresh & great deal, I'd say go for it since you need tires anyway. If you don't like them, just sell them again.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:51 PM   #13
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I'm helping a friend selling his 2008 Impreza 2.5i OEM steelies (w/ TPMS) w/ less than 100 miles OEM RE92A M+S tires. These steelies will clear 06-07 Subaru 4-pot brakes. Or you can mount the tires on the 00-01 RS wheels & sell the steelies (& the TPMS, too). PM me if you are interested.
Oh no nono... no RE92A's for me ever again.
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